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TB Chronicles - curious compatriots

TB Chronicles — curious compatriots

As the days speed by towards half-way through my INH treat­ment, I have been feel­ing that it is time for an update. How­ev­er, I have noth­ing to report for myself. I have no iso­ni­azid side effects and my month­ly refill vis­its to the Texas Health Depart­ment have been so easy as to be near delight­ful. After an errant...
Local Flavor

Local Flavor

Also known as Eeyore’s Birth­day Par­ty. Not that the name makes any more sense, but this year was the 50th annu­al cel­e­bra­tion. Oh Austin. You can google the actu­al event and read the his­to­ry. I tried to most­ly stay away from just tak­ing pic­tures of wacky peo­ple, so I focused on wacky ani­mals and their peo­ple instead....
SXSW 2013 - a first-timer's film festival wrap-up.

SXSW 2013 — a first-timer’s film festival wrap-up.

Count­ing shorts, I man­aged to see 41 movies in 8 days. Of course, look­ing back at the screen­ing list, there are so many more that I wish I had seen. How­ev­er, in those days I could sit no more, nor absorb more visu­al input. It was great and very intense. Only a bit of movie commentary/review. I’m using a vari­ety of rat­ing...
Spring Fever - let's get me out of here

Spring Fever — let’s get me out of here

I would like to ask for a moment of your time to vote for my blog in a blog­ging exchange con­test host­ed my Hostelling Inter­na­tion­al. In the event that I do not have a job by June (or can take an ear­ly vaca­tion), I have the chance to win a trip and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to blog about some­thing more inter­est­ing than Latent TB....
My first RPCV event

My first RPCV event

Look at me all awk­ward­ly pro­fes­sion­al on my first out­ing for an “offi­cial” RPCV event (I’m the one in yel­low). The awk­ward­ness is only in the pic­ture though. I had a fan­tas­tic “Take an RPCV to Work Day” today. On Tues­day I received an email from the Office of Third Goal and Returned Vol­un­teer Ser­vices, or “RVS INFO” as...
Wild and crazy gals

Wild and crazy gals

And two def­i­nite­ly wilder canine boys. You know who is the per­fect pic­nic com­pan­ion when you aren’t drink­ing? Yes, real ques­tion, not the set-up to a bad one-lin­er. Preg­nant ladies make the best friends when you can’t drink either. Abbie and I got real crazy in the park on a beau­ti­ful President’s Day after­noon with sparkling cran­ber­ry cider...
What moving back looks like

What moving back looks like

3 weeks out and I can final­ly edit the pack­ing pic­tures with­out the pan­icky feel­ing com­ing back. Every­thing fit and made it back. I would say with no prob­lems, but pack­ing day was stress­ful enough that it was a prob­lem at the time. I made it down to Mex­i­co for Peace Corps ser­vice with 2 huge checked bags, 1 large car­ry-on...
TB Chronicles - 7 days down...

TB Chronicles — 7 days down…

263 to go…Or 1 week down, 35 to go. The days make it sound much worse. Week one on the med­ica­tion has been rather unevent­ful. I’m still sit­ting in front of my com­put­er a lot — writ­ing cov­er let­ters now, and try­ing to fin­ish up all the Mex­i­co loose ends. The days go back very quick­ly some...
TB chronicles - Chest X-Ray, 2 Views

TB chronicles — Chest X-Ray, 2 Views

I have my appoint­ment with the health depart­ment to dis­cuss and pre­sum­ably start treat­ment for latent TB lat­er this week. Mean­while, I picked up the blood test report, and the nifty CD with my dig­i­tal chest x-ray on it.  I also had a nice con­ver­sa­tion with a Peace Corps Nurse, and for­mer PCMO, in the Office of Med­ical Ser­vices...
TB testing - round 2

TB testing — round 2

At this point I have my FUTB shirt in-hand, and I have earned it. I spent a morn­ing last week run­ning around from the doc­tor to var­i­ous labs to have blood tak­en for the Quan­tiF­ER­ON (Gold!) blood test and a chest x-ray. It was all pret­ty easy except the first lab I went to didn’t do the blood test, and the...
Camp Mariposas - the weekend finale

Camp Mariposas — the weekend finale

It’s time to wrap up the camp posts. I have to keep check­ing the cal­en­dar to con­vince myself that it has only been one week (tomor­row) since the end of the camp. What a week it has been. I’m so con­fused by what day it is and what is going on. So, the final week­end of the camp,...
Camp Mariposas - Day 5

Camp Mariposas — Day 5

I real­ly need to fin­ish post­ing about the camp, because it gets hard­er and hard­er to recall the details as the days go by. I guess that is because so much as been hap­pen­ing over the last week. Like fin­ish­ing ser­vice and mov­ing back to the US yes­ter­day. Oh, but enough about that. Back to the...